Wilson wins Best Actress

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Ruth Wilson collects the Best Actress Olivier Award

Anna Christie star Ruth Wilson has won the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Olivier Awards with MasterCard.

The win marks the second Olivier Award for the actress, as Wilson took home the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award in 2010 for another Donmar Warehouse hit, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Her highly acclaimed performance in Anna Christie as a woman longing to forget the secrets of her past saw her star opposite Best Actor nominee Jude Law in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. In The Independent’s four star review of the show, Wilson was described as being: “magnificent in every department as Anna. She manages to combine a caustic, world-weary cynicism and a vulnerability to new experience.”

The actress described the feeling of winning her second Olivier Award as: "Amazing, I’m shaking a bit, I’m very excited. I didn’t expect to win and I’m very honoured." Wilson also paid tribute to the Donmar Warehouse, saying: "I will go back there all the time, I love that space. I’ve won two awards there so it’s got to be doing something right!"

Wilson first came to the public’s attention in the title role of the BAFTA nominated television mini-series Jane Eyre. Since then the actress has become a regular on screen appearing in Capturing Mary, The Prisoner, Small Island and Luther, and will soon be seen in the film adaptation of Anna Karenina. Her other stage credits include Philistines at the National Theatre and Through A Glass Darkly.

Wilson fought off strong competition in the category from fellow nominees Celia Imrie, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lesley Manville and Marcia Warren.

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